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The name of this city is...
Nieuw Amsterdam, United States of America
Nieuw Amsterdam, United States of America

Old cities, new names

Published on : 15 January 2012 - 7:58am | By Marco Hochgemuth (Photo: Archer 10 & yeowatzup)
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South Africa's capital Pretoria will cease to be known by that name this year. Its new name will be Tshwane. It's not the first city to change its name; over the centuries it’s happened to hundreds of them. Sometimes the change was painless, sometimes violent.

These days a new moniker for a metropolis often entails a multimillion operation for government and businesses. Radio Netherlands Worldwide takes you on a journey around the world via a selection of cities that are no more.



PeterNY 17 January 2012 - 4:20pm

What a waste of money. With record unemployment and a vast host of other problems ZA would be wise to focus on that instead.

Anonymous 31 October 2012 - 6:58pm

a waste of money??!! you cheap!!no money is too much than what we paid to remove Andries Pretorious colonial system. YOU CAN PUT A PRICE ON FREEDOM.

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Awesome Ted 16 January 2012 - 12:27pm

If the map is correct, New York City seems to have been moved from the Atlantic coast to the southern edge of Lake Ontario, hundreds of miles away. That's even more startling than the name change.

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Ashleigh Elson 16 January 2012 - 3:31pm


Awesome Ted, your powers of perception are awesomely right... and we are awesomely wrong.

Thanks for the tip!

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